Skip to comments.Feminist Update: Train Your Husband Like A Dog (El Rushbo On Metrosexual Whimps Craze Alert)
Posted on 08/23/2005 4:21:58 PM PDT by goldstategop
RUSH: I gotta share these next two sound bites with you. This is a total change of pace, but I promised myself I'd get these in today, and so I'm going to fulfill the promise. What I have here, first off is a story from the Times of London. It's about a woman named Annie Clayton. She has a book, video, whatever called "Bring Your Husband to Heel," and she says, "'You can use your skills as a dog trainer to retrain husbands. How does it work? Well, all animals from parrots to goldfish to gorillas learn in the same way. If something is worth doing, we'll repeat it. If it's not, we won't. It's called operant conditioning.' Why are men like dogs? Because they bite visitors, because they leave hair on the sofa? 'Research says that dogs and humans learn in the same way. I suppose there are similarities, they're both omnivores. They like to be worn. They copulate in the same way -- or similar, don't they? But there's no husband bashing in this,' she says. 'We examined every wife's behavior first because you can't change somebody else's actions until you've changed yours.' You're happily married. Did you have to train your husband?" Here we go. That's the story leading into the sound bites. This babe was on Good Morning America today, was on ABC, and this is a BBC show, How to Train Your Husband by this woman that's a dog trainer, and it's a new series that teaches wives how to train their husbands using techniques meant for dogs. Here's how Annie Clayton, a canine behaviorist and host opens her program. "Pay attention, ladies. I've been training dogs for nearly 20 years but I've been married a whole lot longer and I firmly believe you can train a husband like a dog because, well, they both learn in exactly the same way. I'll let you into a little secret. I'm living proof it works: I haven't washed a dish in years."
RUSH: Okay (laughing) and here, just one more segment, a portion of ABC correspondent Jim Sciutto's report on this BBC program. This is what he said.
SCIUTTO: Meet the show's first husband and wife and master and student, Margaret and John Elliott, married for 37 years. It is all about throwing bones, more "good dog" than "sit" and "stay."
CLAYTON: You're going to ignore what you don't want anymore. Replace that behavior you don't want with something that you do want, which is helping you with the dishes. But you must reward each tiny, tiny increment towards the whole.
SCIUTTO: Margaret practices on a real dog first -- husbands can relax; she will not be using the leash at home -- and then, with hidden cameras recording every moment, she puts the formula to the test on her husband, and John, to his own surprise, ends up just another puppy dog. The men are kept in the dark. They're told they're taking part in a relationship study. It's not until the very end that they find out exactly what they've gotten themselves into.
RUSH: There was a guy that worked at BBC who quit last week. He wrote a piece in a London newspaper about how the country's gone to hell over there because it's totally being run by female thinking; news organizations have been totally feminized -- and I just find it interesting that this story (laughing) comes on the heels (ahem) of that.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
I caught that on Rush's show today, and I was laughing hysterically!
Did you hear what he said about this woman taking her leashes to GITMO and straightening those dudes out?
Every psychology textbook in the world teaches this. It isn't unique to dog-training (or husbands...it works great on wives, too). Does this author really think she invented the wheel? ;)
A dog won't get tired of nagging and pick up a Louisville Slugger.
I'd guess that domestically women rule the roost in 3 out of 4 homes. Outside the house I think it's just the opposite, but not inside. How many husbands can rearrange the furniture without their wife's approval? I'm guessing not too many. If their wife does it though, they find out about it when they get home and everything's in a different location.
I heard Rush talking about this today....
Actually - I raised my Rottweilers using the same methods I would raise kids:
positive reinforcement vs. negative reinforcement
But, I do think this is a bit over the edge in the demasculation department....
Yeah, this kind of training is done by both husband and wife. Also, by pet and master. Don't think your cat doesn't train you!
I do it sometimes, but it doesn't stick. LOL.
Imagine the uproar if someone came out with a book about how to train your wife.
Something very creepy about Annie Clayton... What exactly are the rewards for the dog and the husband? I wonder if she gets them confused...
Using the leash can be rather fun.
Just don't expect to get the dishes done. ;-)
"But, I do think this is a bit over the edge in the demasculation department.... "
Well, let's see... LOL!!